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Bubbles and Butterflies
Bubbles and Butterflies

We have a wonderful little saying we use for the children at school when walking through the hallways: bubbles and butterflies. This means put your hands together, put a bubble in your mouth and listen quietly. This reminds me of how we need to be in our lives. We should put our hands together in prayer, close our mouths and listen to the Holy Spirit. Sounds like this should be an easy task, right? Well, this is wrong, very wrong. This is probably one of the most difficult tasks for us as adults.

If you are anything like me, you have a difficult time keeping your opinions and your thoughts to yourself. Or perhaps you are one of those people who only think of good and wonderful thoughts and you are never challenged to speak your mind. As Jesus so lovingly put it in Matthew 7:3-5 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, ‘Friend let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log from your own eye; then perhaps you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”

Me, have a log in my eye, never! Please, everything I do is perfect—yeah, right. It is so easy to think we are always right and that everyone else is wrong. Well, did it ever occur to me or to you that we just might be wrong once in our life? Of course not, we are always right. Then the humble attitude kicks in. Perhaps, just maybe I might be wrong every once in a while. Uggh, it’s like a stab in the heart. Don’t you just love when the Holy Spirit steps in and tells you to catch your bubble? Then after catching your bubble, he tells you to catch your butterfly.

Listening to and following the Holy Spirit is exactly what we need to do. We need to spend our time turning to God, listening to His Word and turning to prayer. Instead of turning to God, so many times we turn to our friends instead. We love to gossip and make sure someone else knows what we know. Well, I challenge you today. Just as we expect our children to catch their bubbles and butterflies, you can make a conscience effort to choose to do the same. So, the next time you feel challenged to “express” yourself, remember that we should be (Romans 14:17-19) “living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God. And other people will approve of you, too. So then, let us aim for harmony and try to build each other up.” (Romans 15:7) “So accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified.”

Blessings: Heather Joyner